Gov. Pete Ricketts has testified before the EPA that it needs to follow federal law and boost its proposed use of ethanol in the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard.
Ricketts calls the RFS one of the most successful energy programs Congress has ever passed.
“We’re here urging the EPA to live up to the statutory requirements that Congress put in it,” Ricketts tells a news conference sponsored by Fuels America prior to an EPA field hearing on the RFS held in Kansas City.
The EPA has proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol required by the RFS below the threshold approved by Congress.
Ricketts argues the development of the ethanol industry has been good for the country, reducing its dependence on foreign oil, creating jobs in rural America, and cleaning up the environment.
The ethanol industry supports approximately 850,000 jobs across the country. Nebraska is the number two ethanol-producing state, trailing only Iowa.
Ricketts says one of the main reasons to support an increase in ethanol in the RFS is to improve the environment.
“For people who are concerned about the environment, you want to have ethanol,” according to Ricketts. “The carbon footprint from ethanol is about 24% less than producing gasoline.”